Sledder thrown from snowmobile after striking pressure crack on Holland River: police 0
Emergency crews were on scene, Monday afternoon, after a snowmobiler was found dead on the Holland River near Bradford. Police say the sledder was thrown from the machine after striking a pressure crack on the river. PAUL NOVOSAD PHOTO
South Simcoe police are investigating after a snowmobiler was found dead on the Holland River, Monday afternoon.
A citizen called police at 12:20 p.m. after discovering a body near the 13th Line of Bradford West Gwillimbury.
According to police, the initial investigation has revealed the sledder was southbound on the river when the male struck a pressure crack in the ice.
The rider was thrown a short distance and killed.
Collision reconstruction experts, an identification officer and the coroner all attended.
“The victim’s body is frozen,” said Staff Sgt. Steve Wilson. “It will be up to the coroner to determine when he died from his injuries, but it would be fair to say that he has been there for a while. That determination will not come until after a post-mortem (examination).”
Sledders need to exercise caution while on the ice, he added.
“No ice or body of water is ever completely safe for recreational use,” he said. “It is important for snowmobile riders to be aware of their surroundings at all times as pressure cracks can and will occur.”
The victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin. Anyone with information can contact investigating officer Const. Carl Jarvis at 905-775-3311, ext. 2032.